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I am a long-time user, been on the site for $59$ months, and have a reputation just above $57,000$ on the main site. I have made a fair share of mistakes on the site, both in my answers, as well as in answering duplicates. I have taken some steps to rectify certain issues. I cannot speak for others, but I will talk about the problems I went through, and how ...


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A week has passed since this post, and I'd like to leave some useful pointers for everyone, which I think will help everyone continue to have a positive experience in the site, and keep the community healthy. If you already commented a post regarding the EoQS and the behavior did not change, do not rinse and repeat. Please leave further interaction to the ...


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A question can have more than one duplicate target. You can find some examples in this SEDE query. As far as I remember: This happens if various users choose various duplicate targets when voting to close. And also if the list of duplicates is subsequently edited - this can be done by moderators or by user with a gold badge in the specific tag. So to ...


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The goal of Math SE is to create a searchable repository of high quality questions and answers. "Searchability" is important—if the same question is asked over and over again, then it becomes difficult for search engines (or users) to find the best answer to a given question. Duplicates create a lot of noise and clutter which make navigating the ...


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It is important to understand that "closing as a duplicate" can be done in different ways. For example, a thing that can be done in such a case is to explain how the duplicate applies. Note the comment by the user that closed it: "See the linked dupe for how to find all roots of $\,n^2\equiv n\pmod{1000}\ \ $" This comment translates the ...


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Since this policy was announced, we have witnessed a shift in attitude from the moderators. No longer are users trusted to make their own decisions on what can be posted and what cannot, given their experience on this site. And no longer does SE respect and value its members, but rather uses intimidation and retalitatory measures such as timed suspensions ...


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Pointing out previous Questions and Answers is not condescension but part of the practice here to further your studies. Your underlying problem, can one replace the sequential limit $n\to +\infty$ ($n\in \mathbb Z$) with one having a continuous limit $x\to +\infty$ ($x\in \mathbb R$), is certainly a valid query. However it has been dealt with in a large ...


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I am not familiar with limit topic as of yet so I can't tell whether the first is a duplicate of second but I can tell you what to do. But I can tell you what to do if you arrive at a question closed of duplicate which should not had been closed- Cast a reopen vote If you have reputation $\geq 3000$ then besides the edit button there would be a "reopen&...


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It is definitely a judgement call - so various users might have various views on a specific question. One issue is whether you consider this a question about the inequality $$\frac{x}{y^3+2xyz} + \frac{y}{z^3+2xyz} + \frac{z}{x^3+2xyz} \gt \frac{15}{2} \tag{1}$$ or whether you consider this a question whether about the inequality $$xy^2+yz^2+zx^2 < \frac{...


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In the past, when a question was marked as a duplicate, the body of the question was automatically edited to insert a link to the duplicate question. Unfortunately, this leaves meta commentary in the body of the question. Meta comments don't belong in questions (or answers) and so this behaviour was changed (quite a while ago---the change was before my ...


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Probably this question was asked partly due to the fact that the post did not appear in the search results in Approach0. The reason is that this search engine differentiates between \left|...\right| and |....|. (On the other hand, \left(...\right) or \left{...right} are treated the same as (...) or {...}. In this case, the shape of the bracket already ...


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For the MathSE built-in search: as non-MathJax is detected more accurately we can use some of the content in the body of the post to aid our search. So for example: \leq "integral formula" gives around 350 results and fine-tuning to "f(z)" \leq "integral formula" yields 223. We can also try variants like \le in place of \leq ...


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I can see some objections to this proposal (about automatically changing the duplicate target, if the chosen question is already closed a duplicate). Choosing the direction of duplicate is often a matter of discussion and not everybody agrees which direction should be chosen (or even whether a question should be closed as duplicate). And even if the ...


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Crazy old lady airplane Seat Probability Problem, with 100 passengers The target post is above. Here are 41 duplicates. Just edit this post if you find more. A difficult probability question about choosing seats https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/linked/5595?lq=1


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Since nobody has pointed out an existing one, I hereby declare the question What's an intuitive explanation for integration? to be the canonical such question, and ideal target for duplicate flagging, henceforth.


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The first question you should have, when looking at a post, is "Does this question meet the standards for quality on Math SE?" If it does not, then you should vote to close it for this lack of quality. If a question is of sufficiently high quality to merit inclusion on Math SE, the next question you should have is "Is this question a ...


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Closed as duplicate Please close this as a duplicate of this. The close-vote review is completed and still missing one vote.


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Crazy old lady airplane Seat probability problem, generalized to n passengers. The target post is above. Here are duplicates. Just edit this post if you find more. Generalize airplane problem Seating of $n$ people with tickets into $n+k$ chairs with 1st person taking a random seat Probability of Sitting in Correct Seat


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